A Look Ahead to Clemson

Clemson on paper is probably more of a challenge for the Seminoles than in-state rival Miami. The September 16th game in Tallahassee could very well decide who plays in the ACC Championship in December. Renegade Report.com will preview this very important match up.

Strengths: Last November Clemson really took it the Noles by beating them handily in South Carolina 35-14. The good news for the Tigers is that they return eight starters on offense, including All-ACC running back James Davis, wide receiver, Chansi Stuckey and guard Roam Fry. On defense, the Tigers are very solid up front with all three linebackers returning. Leading the way on defensive is All-American defensive end Gaines Adams who recorded nine and half sacks as a junior.

Weaknesses: Senior will Proctor have only started one game in his career but that probably had to do with playing behind Charlie Whitehurst. Even though the Central Florida native had a solid spring, he still struggled in the spring game by throwing three interceptions. Clemson also loses cornback Tye Hill who was selected by the St .Louis Rams in the 1st round of the NFL Draft.

What will it take to win: The early September game could be one of the top matchups in the entire country for the season. Florida State will have to give quarterback Drew Weatherford enough time to attack a young secondary. The defense will have to force a very inexperienced quarterback to make quick decisions. Clemson's offensive line will be strength so expect the Seminoles to blitz early and often.

Prediction: This will be a dog-fight but the Seminoles have a better more experienced quarterback in Drew Weatherford and the game will be in Tallahassee. I see the Seminoles winning by at least six points.


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